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Labour can’t even convince coalition partners on school reform

Commenting on this afternoon’s remarks by Plaid Cymru’s Education Spokesperson that Labour’s coalition partners are only “happy with some elements” of Leighton Andrews’ proposals for schools, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

Welsh Conservatives launch new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.

Labour’s incompetence on NHS funding exposed

Bungled Labour Party plans to attack NHS cuts in Wales – where Labour is in power – have been leaked to the Conservatives. The plans, set out in a letter from Shadow Health Secretary John Healey, ask Labour MPs to issue press releases for England, Scotland and Wales criticising the funding settlement for the NHS.

NHS scrutiny hampered by limited data

After being challenged by the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, the First Minister has promised discussions with WAG statisticians on NHS data that currently remains unavailable. More than 50 written questions on the NHS - tabled by the Welsh Conservatives over the last year - have not been answered.

No clarification on trade union council tax involvement

The Minister for Local Government has refused to give immediate clarification on the extent to which trade unions will be involved in the setting of council tax. Questioned by Shadow Minister Jonathan Morgan AM, Carl Sergeant declined a verbal response and suggested only a written answer.

Rail strike “disruptive” & “unfair”

Commenting on the RMT’s announcement of a train drivers’ strike on Friday February 4th, on the day of Wales' opening Six Nations match against England, Shadow Minister for Transport Darren Millar AM said: “The RMT Union should not take its grievances out on passengers, nor should it be a killjoy for a major sporting event.

“Shambolic” ambulance response times

Commenting on figures showing that the Assembly Government missed its target for ambulances responding to life-threatening calls within eight minutes in December 2010, Shadow Minister for Health Nick Ramsay AM said, “These figures are a shambolic indictment of just how bad the situation facing the Welsh NHS has become.

WAG must act on Wrexham-London rail link

Commenting on proposals by the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway to cease the Wrexham – London direct rail link from Friday, Shadow Minister for Transport Darren Millar AM said: “The cancellation of this train service will come as a huge blow to regular users of this service."

Estyn report demands urgent action

Commenting on the publication of Estyn’s report into standards in Welsh schools, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “This is damning verdict on standards in Welsh schools in spite of the best efforts of our teachers.

“Appalling” Lab-Plaid refusal to admit NHS cuts

Despite refusing to protect and prioritise health in the Assembly draft budget, the First Minister has refused to admit that the NHS budget in Wales will be cut over the course of the next three years.The denial occurred during a challenge by the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives over the impact of cuts to missed targets in hospital waiting times.